Ah! The memories that photo brings back! Me first trip to a pub & me first toast. Was barely old enough to hold me tippy cup I was. First time I ever cleared out a bar too. You’d think grown folks in a semi rural area would have more tolerance for the fragrances o’ nature!
But enough strolling down memory lane, ‘tis an issue to be getting’ to the like of we have.
First Issue o’ Bidniz-
Things have been going way better today than I anticipated and UPS delivered far earlier than his norm allowing me to have time to jump right onto my data recovery. As you can see by the font I am using some issues till need to be resolved /data retrievedbut I was able to recover enough material to get this out as well as my start of next week’s issue. I know its not up to normal standards and likely could use another day of polishing and refining but please remember I accomplished this in less than a day despite the computer failure so be gentle with your criticism of the presentation. As for the content, well as I have stated before, if you don’t like it go start your own blog and do better!
A lot going on in the Politics arena in the last week and a lot of great Editorial Cartoons concerning it. Too many are too good to just let pass by. Besides one two of the political developments have me plenty peeved and since you’ll never stand for an issue with a double Parting Shot I have to make my point about one of them in a (hopefully) humorous way.
Lets get started shall we? Make sure you coffee is topped off and the lid to your DL/LL Enterprises Commuter Mug is firmly seated. I expect the closet liberals to start sniping at the issue any second and as I ahve said its a bumpy issue!
Google is about to allow anyone to effectively have your email address.
Big Internet companies have a bad habit of launching new features that completely undermine your privacy. This time around, it’s Google’s turn. It made some tweaks that let total strangers email you – even without knowing your email address.
This tweak only affects you if you use both Gmail and Google+. Before you stop reading, however, know that if you have any Google account – such as a YouTube account – you also have a Google+ account whether you use it or not. Anyone can find it if they look.
To see your Google+ account, open Gmail and look in the upper right corner. You’ll see your name with a “+” in front of it. Click that to see your Google+ profile. In YouTube, click your profile icon in the upper right corner and click Google+.
So, how does this new system work? Google now includes Google+ friends in your Gmail address book. That way you can send email to a friend without needing to remember their address.
However, if someone is following you on Google+, which anyone can do without your approval, they can also send you an email. The email will show up in the Social inbox tab in Gmail.
It is important to note that the sender won’t get your email address. You have to respond or add them to a circle for that to happen. So, your best bet is just to ignore anyone you don’t want to talk to and they’ll go away.
Still, this limitation might not stop people from randomly following users on Google+ and harassing them. Scammers could also use it to contact you pretending to be an old friend “just joining Google+”, or a similar phishing scam.
Fortunately, Google did include a setting that lets you opt out.
In Gmail, click the gear icon in the upper right corner and select Settings. Scroll down to find “Email via Google+” and set it to “No one.”
If you don’t see that option, it means Google hasn’t brought this feature to your account yet. When it does, you’ll get an email explaining the change. At that point you can go in and change the setting.
See?! I told Impish nicking Santa’s cookies and milk when he was helping the jolly fat man out would come back to bite him in the tail! Santa takes his cookies & milk very seriously! Just ask Alton Brown if you doubt me!
Seems like every month is designated ‘something or other’ month by somebody or other. Most of the time it seems to be an advertising stunt when it comes to foods. the month rarely if ever has any relationship with regards the what month or season it is. However this month is one that actually makes sense to me given how cold its been for most of you.
January is National Soup month.
I love soup, I could eat it everyday. In fact I have eaten it, for lunch at least, everyday during the cold winter months when I lived in Connecticut. It’s warming, its comforting, its versatile. Relatively inexpensive and very easy to make, it can extend your food budget or make leftovers into something new and different. Some even insist it is the cure for that bane of winter, the common cold and possibly even the dread flu. Some even revere its psychological benefits
However since I expect there are some of you out there who do not hold soup in the same high regard I do, I have included an oven prepared meal that is almost as easy and fast to make as soup
Taco Twist Soup
Prep 10 min.
Total 35 min.
Servings: about 1 3/4 cups each
Cook: 25 min.
This family-friendly recipe mixes pasta with the great flavors of tacos to make a hearty and delicious soup.
What You’ll Need
1 pound ground beef
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 3/4 cups Beef Broth (Regular or 50% Less Sodium)
1 cup Picante Sauce
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup uncooked corkscrew-shaped pasta
How to Make It
- 1 Cook the beef, chili powder and cumin in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until the beef is well browned, stirring often to break up the meat. Pour off any fat.
- 2 Add the broth, picante sauce and tomatoes. Heat to a boil. Stir in the pasta. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes or until done, stirring occasionally. Garnish with sour cream.
I usually add either Pinto or Black Beans (drained & rinsed) and a handful of corn. If you like it chunkier use Salsa instead of Picante though you’ll probably need more of the Salsa to account to the chunks messing with the measuring. If you get a Salsa with Black Beans & Corn in it already you don’t need to add them separately. I like to serve chopped green onions sour cream and shredded either cheddar or jack cheese for every one to garnish with.
Spanish Chicken and Rice Soup
Prep 15 min.
Total 1 hr. 5 min.
Servings: about 2 1/4 cups each
Cook: 50 min.
Warm up with a bowl of this comforting chicken soup that gets kicked up flavor from chicken thighs, crushed red pepper, tomatoes, green olives and saffron yellow rice.
What You’ll Need
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into cubes
2 large onions, chopped (about 2 cups)
2 cloves garlic, minced
crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
8 cups Chicken Broth
1 can (about 14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup pitted green olives, sliced
1 package (about 5 ounces) saffron yellow rice mix with seasoning
1/4 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
Additional shredded fresh basil leaves, for garnish
How to Make It
- 1 Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 6-quart saucepot over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until it’s well browned, stirring often. Remove the chicken from the saucepot with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- 2 Add the remaining oil to the saucepot and reduce the heat to medium. Add the onions, garlic and red pepper and cook for 3 minutes.
- 3 Stir in the broth and tomatoes and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
- 4 Stir in the rice and olives. Return the chicken to the saucepot. Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender. Stir in the basil. Garnish with additional basil, if desired.
Helper: To shred fresh basil, select leaves that are not bruised or wilted. Stack the leaves and roll up. Slice with a sharp knife into very thin strips.
Ham, Potato & Cabbage Soup
Prep 30 min.
Total 1 hr. 10 min.
Servings: about 2 cups each
Cook: 40 min.
Mouthwatering, traditional flavors come together in this satisfying soup reminiscent of grandmother’s kitchen.
What You’ll Need
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 large onions, chopped (about 2 cups)
1 clove garlic, minced
6 cups Chicken Broth
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups shredded green cabbage
1 large potato, diced (about 2 cups)
1/2 of an 8 ounce cooked ham steak, cut into 2-inch-long strips (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon caraway seed (optional)
How to Make It
- 1 Heat the oil in a 6-quart saucepot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 3 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
- 2 Stir the broth, black pepper, cabbage, potato and ham in the saucepot and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until the potato is tender.
- 3 Stir in the parsley and caraway seed, if desired.
Save yourself some time and effort. Use a prepackaged coarse shredded Coles Slaw mix for this. You save time you and get a little carrot as well. Any leftover goes well in salad or stir fries. Other wise use Napa or Savoy Cabbage as the heads are smaller and you’ll have less left over. Of course if you’re like me you’ll just double the recipe and use the whole head. IF I do that I generally add a smoked turkey leg to the pot, not for the meat but for that smoky flavor that goes so well with ham and cabbage without all the fat and grease.
A couple times I have not had the fresh potatoes when making this and have substituted cavatelli pasta or gnocchi.
Baked Tortellini with Broccoli & Spicy Sausage Sauce
Prep 15 min. Total 55 min.
Serves 4 | Serves: about 2 cups each
Bake: 40 min. | Cost per recipe: $10.18
Using prepared Italian sauce, frozen tortellini and broccoli makes for an easy and delicious weeknight dinner your whole family will enjoy!
What You’ll Need
Vegetable cooking spray
1 jar (24 ounces) Prego® Spicy Sausage Sauce
1 package (16 ounces) frozen tortellini
3 cups fresh or thawed frozen broccoli florets
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
How to Make It
- 1 Heat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 11x8x2-inch baking dish with the cooking spray.
- 2 Stir the sauce, frozen tortellini and broccoli in a large bowl. Pour the tortellini mixture into the baking dish. Cover the baking dish.
- 3 Bake for 30 minutes. Uncover the baking dish. Sprinkle with the cheese.
- 4 Bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
I left the branding for the sauce in this one simply because its not the recipe without it. However I don’t buy that specific sauce when I make this. I use precooked Italian sausage chunks I keep in the freezer. I buy mine in the long links from a meat market because its leaner and better tasting. When I get home it goes right in a pot with a half cup of water per link and a lid. I simmer it until the water is gone then remove them cooling just long enough to cut them unto 1 inch pieces which I return to the pot to brown and insure complete cooking. I then remove them to paper toweling ( I use a single layer of paper towel across a brown paper bag to drain off any excess grease) Once cooled I transfer to a silicone mat on a 1/2 cookie sheet and allow them to freeze before transferring to a gallon ziploc bag. This allows me to remove only what I need when ever I need it. I do the same thing with meatballs.
Government Spent $172M on Penis Pumps
At double the retail price per pump
(Newser) – Between 2006 and 2011, Medicare spent $172 million on penis pumps, according to a report out yesterday by the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services. That figure is outrageous for a reason other than that you might think. As NBC News reports, penis pumps, more properly known as vacuum erection systems, are actually one of the “few viable treatment courses” for men with erectile dysfunction, per the National Institutes of Health. So it’s not the coverage of the item for some 474,000 men over those six years that’s the problem, but the amount that was spent: Each claim cost Medicare an average $361—more than double what the pump would have cost if the user just bought it online. (And OIG verified this by … Googling. It reports that “research on 22 different Web sites yielded pricing information for 105 VES … the average Internet price … was $164.74.”)
And if Medicare had adjusted its “grossly excessive” coverage amount to be in line with what a non-Medicare consumer pays (and, the report noted, what the Department of Veterans Affairs pays), the government would have spent an average of $14.4 million less per year for each of the years under review, reports Reuters. And the savings wouldn’t end there. Beneficiaries are responsible for 20% of the cost of the pump, plus any unmet deductible, which worked out to an average $90; a Medicare fee adjustment would have saved them roughly $3.6 million a year. It could have come to pass, had the issue been dealt with when it previously came up—in 1999, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services suggested changing the VES fee schedule, reports the Washington Free Beacon.
OK this is almost too easy but it needs to be said… Well that explains why Washington and Congress in particular is populated with a bunch of big pricks bent on screwing WE THE PEOPLE!
Umm I kind of thought Texas already had the been there done that T-shirt for that. Seems to me we done that deed already, the name Enron springs to mind.
Ok in the interest of making this fast so that I can get this up while it’s still Wednesday and then go cook dinner before Molly decided to take a bite out of me I’m not posting the article which are generating the bulk of today’s Parting Shot comments just listing the you’ll have to exercise your mouse clicking fingers at the appropreate time.
I’m sure by now you’ve all gathered that I’m irked over the Democrats and their media lap dogs attack on presumed 2016 front runner Chris Christie.
Aside form confirming my dislike of basically every politician in Washington and distrust of every News outlet this concerted and concentrated attack has prove3n 2 other things to me. First that the Democrats wrote the Political Dirty Tactic and Character Assignation play book that Christie’s underlings were taking their cues from. Secondly, that the Democrats are knee quivering, pants crapping, involuntarily bladder voiding, chicken shit scared of Christie’s 2016 chances.
Now on to the second thing that is bothering me, namely Obama’s ‘Year of Action’. We all (unless you’re one of our resident Liberal Crackpots who like so much to snipe at us from the shadows) remember Obama’s comments to Putin to the effect that he would “have far greater leeway once into his second term”. Clearly this is a demonstration of what that “leeway” comment actually means. He intends to circumvent every one of the Checks and Balances between himself and Congress while ignoring the will of WE the PEOPLE to accomplish the goals of his Socialist Obama Vision for the destruction of America.
Think I’m kidding? Peruses these little gems. Just keep in mind while you do that the Lamestream Liberal Media approves of Obama and his socialist agenda (so if you think this is bad, just imagine how bad the whole truth really is!) Go a head I’ll go put some water on for tea and dinner while you do.
Oh I see a lot of unhappy irate faces! More than a few queasy ones too, those must be the bankers. Several good questions about the legality of Obama’s announced actions and whether or not this premeditated flagrant and intentional misuse of the Executive Order constitutes an Impeachable Offense were raised in those articles and we need to keep those dialogs going. While I am forced to concede that Congress is gridlocked and incapable of passing a resolution saying if it was day or night outside due to all the partisan bickering and I will also stipulate that the Republicans have successfully blocked most of his agenda with their insistence on fiscally responsible governing from where I sit Obama’s issue is with his party and Congress. He wants to fire off Executive Orders let him fire off some motivational ones at them. Require then to work overtime, extended hours, nights, weekends , holidays and breaks until they actually get something accomplished. Order deadlines and penalties unless they do get something meaningful accomplished but do not continue to demonstrate your distain the the Constitution.
Otherwise since Congress cannot seem to do much of anything but vote them selves perks raises and pad the deficit WE the PEOPLE just might have to show you why the Second Amendment is there, necessary and relevant in modern society- namely to protect again the usurpation of rule by despots, tyrants, Communists, Islam and would be Kings overly fond of issuing Royal Decrees under the guise of ‘Executive Orders’